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Buy Save My Soul

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Save My Soul

label: vanguard records
released: 07.08.03
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0

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They Keep On Swingin'
by: john reed

In the midst of the swing-dance phenomenon, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (BBVD) was a real hot item (circa 1998). Along with the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and the Royal Crown Revue, BBVD led the foot-flying jitterbugging Gap influenced craze.

The trend didn't last too long and was soon replaced by the Latin/Salsa explosion. While BBVD (and swing dancing for that matter) did not disappear, their presence surely dwindled since they were doing film cameos (they were the house band in 1996's Swingers), being beamed through such TV fare as the now deceased Party of Five and had a major record deal (on EMI/Capitol Records).

Save My Soul is BBVD's first disc of new material since 1999's not so commercially successful This Beautiful Life (which was the follow-up to 1998's Grammy nominated smash, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (2nd Album).

Since the party is not as wavering around the world as it once was for BBVD, it becomes apparent that the lack of interest in the band has taken a bit of a toll on their energy. There are some high points on Save My Soul in the sprightly "Always Gonna Get Ya" (which is reminiscent of early 80's retro rockers Roman Holiday) and mid-tempo gits as "You Know Your Wrong" and "Oh

But the horn drenched "Simple Songs" is uneven and the narrative driven "Next Week Sometime," really doesn't catch on fire.The CD is saved late in the game by the raucous "I Like It," which oozes with all the vigor of the Spirit of '98.

One shouldn't count BBVD out. Swing nights are still prevalent in major cities and are a big draw at some dance venues. So we are likely to once again see the revival of a genre that has seemingly has the tenacity to have more comebacks than Michael Jordan.
02-Jul-2003 8:40 AM

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If you liked Save My Soul...


1. Zig Zaggity Woop Woop Pt. 1
2. You Know You Wrong
3. Always Gonna Get Ya
4. "Don't You" Feel My Leg
5. Oh Yeah
6. Simple Songs
7. Next Week Sometime
8. Save My Soul
9. I Like It
10. Zig Zaggity Woop Woop Pt. 2